The World Poetry Café, CFRO, 100.5 FM November 28 presented World Poetry Peaceathon Poets who will be in the new Peaceathon book and the talented composer and pianist , Yoko Miwa http://www.yokomiwa.com/ who called in at 1:30 pm PSt from Boston.
The World Poetry In Loving Memory series featured World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winners Shulamite Joffre and Dugald Christie as part of our yearly efforts to honour to them and to read their poetry.
A special honour . we were able to present Laura Tohe, author, poet and the Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation and read her beautiful poem Meeting the Spirit of Water for Glen Tohe (with permission) on the show. https://www.lauratohe.com/
Featured Peace Star Poets: Kumaresan B.M, India, Diego Bastianutti, Canada, Hongri Yuan, China, Evi Polizou, Greece, and Debabrata Sarkar, India.
A new story, Tommie 2 by Sharon Rowe!
Producer and host Ariadne Sawyer and co-host, technician Victor Schwartzman. Special volunteer: Sharon Rowe.
“I greatly appreciate and respect the clarity and strength in Yoko’s playing, it is very apparent – the honesty, care and depth of foundation she touches the piano with.” –Benny Green
Internationally acclaimed pianist/composer Yoko Miwa is one of the most powerful and compelling performers on the scene today. Her trio, with its remarkable telepathy and infectious energy, has brought audiences to their feet worldwide. Their latest CD, 2019’s Keep Talkin’, showcases Miwa’s fine playing and artful compositions and the trio’s uncanny musical camaraderie. DownBeat gave the recording four stars, calling it “a beautifully constructed album” and noting “the drive and lyricism of a pianist and composer at home in bebop, gospel, pop, and classical.” JazzTimes also reviewed the album favorably, praising Miwa’s “jaw-dropping degree of technique.” The album enjoyed seven weeks in the top 10 on Jazz Week’s charts, much like its predecessor, Miwa’s 2017 release Pathways, which also made Jazz Week’s top 10 for several weeks. In a 2017 feature article on Miwa, DownBeat noted her “impressive technique and a tuneful lyricism that combines an Oscar Peterson-ish hard swing with Bill Evans-like introspection.”
For the past decade Miwa’s trio has played regularly at major jazz clubs in their home city of Boston, as well as venues around the world. A favorite of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Miwa was chosen to play on “Marian McPartland & Friends,” part of the Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival. She was also chosen to perform at Lincoln Center’s annual Jazz and Leadership Workshop for The National Urban League’s Youth Summit. Miwa also appears regularly at New York’s famed Blue Note Jazz Club and has performed and/or recorded with a wide range of jazz greats including Sheila Jordan, Slide Hampton, Arturo Sandoval, George Garzone, Jon Faddis, Jerry Bergonzi, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, Kevin Mahogany, John Lockwood and Johnathan Blake among others. In 2018 she performed on the main stage at the Atlanta Jazz Festival and the Litchfield Jazz Festival, where her trio drew the largest audience of any act. She is a Yamaha Pianos Artist, JVC Victor Entertainment recording artist, and Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll winner.
Miwa’s story of becoming a jazz musician is full of serendipity and happy twists of fate. In the late 1990s the classically-trained artist auditioned for Berklee College of Music on a lark and ended up winning a full scholarship. She arrived at the school from her homeland of Japan in 1997, intending to stay for a year. In 2019, she’s still in Boston, enriching the city’s musical life and serving as one of the most popular professors in the Berklee piano department.
Act Naturally, the Yoko Miwa Trio’s major label debut in Japan, came out in 2012 on the JVC Victor Entertainment label and the band toured Japan that same year. “She is one of the best jazz pianists in Japan,” said Yozo Iwanami, Jazz Hihyo Magazine.
A native of Kobe, Japan, Miwa didn’t pursue an interest in jazz until she met and studied with Minoru Ozone, a popular television organist and nightclub owner who is the father of pianist Makoto Ozone. Miwa worked at Ozone’s club and as an accompanist and piano instructor at his music school until the great Kobe earthquake of 1995 destroyed both facilities. Then, while continuing to take private lessons from Minoru Ozone, she also pursued musical studies at the Koyo Conservatory in Kobe. From there she won first prize in a scholarship competition to attend Berklee. Miwa quickly began playing with a host of talented students and teachers, and she formed a strong bond with vocal great Kevin Mahogany, who chose the pianist to serve as accompanist in his classes and on his gigs.
Miwa has released eight highly acclaimed CDs: In the Mist of Time (Tokuma, 2000); Fadeless Flower (Polystar, 2002); Canopy of Stars (Polystar, 2004); The Day We Said Goodbye, recorded live at the studios of WGBH-FM (Sunshine Digital, 2006); Live at Scullers (Jazz Cat Amnesty, 2011); Act Naturally (JVC Victor Entertainment, 2012), Pathways (2017), and Keep Talkin’ (2019).
Source Braitwaite and Katz, with great thanks and her website.
Ariadne’s Notes: World Poetry Café went live for the first time ever to New Westminster, BC, Canada to celebrate our yearly program In Loving Memory with Ariadne Sawyer and Anita Aguirre Nieveras along with super tech Victor Schwartzman at the controls in Vancouver!
Each year World Poetry features a tribute to our World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award winners who have passed on but are with us in spirit.
*If anyone has a picture of Shulamit , please send it to me and I will post it.
Featured on the In Loving Memory show: World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Shulamit Joffre.
Shulamit was a valued member of our World Poetry family. She was a mystical poet with a deep and abiding attraction to all things spiritual, believed that writing poetry was a condition of her birth. Born in Montreal, she lived and wrote in Vancouver, British Columbia. She shared her life with her husband Ray, their dog and cat. She also spent as much time as she could with her daughter Jessica and her grandson Nathaniel. Shulamit was a World Poetry Lifetime Achievement award winner and the organizer and host of the successful reading series, First Tuesday Assembly of Poets held at Chapters in downtown Vancouver. Syllables of Creation was her fourth book of poetry.
In Loving Memory: World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and Crusader for Justice Dugald Christie. or a special program about the life and work of World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner poet and lawyer Dugald Christie. Christie often wrote poems about the justice system and presented them to lawyers and judges. One of his published books, A Journey into Justice described his cycling trip to Ottawa, Ontario to burn his robes in protest. It also contains many poems.
In loving Memory Tribute to Vera Manuel , First Nations Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, mentor to many. Vancouver-based Secwepemc-Ktunaxa playwright, poet, and storyteller. Vera was the eldest daughter of Grand Chief George Manuel, the first president of the National Indian Brotherhood.
Her play, Strength of Indian Women was staged through-out North American and published as in the anthology Two Plays about Residential Schools (along with Larry Loyie). Her work was honoured with inclusion at the Native American Women Playwrights Program, housed at Maima University, in Oxford, Ohio. Her poetry has appeared in various publications, most recently in ROCKSALT: An Anthology of Contemporary B.C. Poetry. Vera was one of the inspirations along with Elder Gabriel Bartelman, MA lay faculty member for Ariadne for her thesis and mentor for an upcoming book, Love Poems for the World.
In Loving Memory tribute to World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Madge Kimball of Salt Spring Island. An amazing pianist and beloved piano teacher as well as a poet, writer and mentor to many. Beloved mother of Ariadne Sawyer and her brother . Cherished wife and the inspiration of Hudson Kimball, Poet and writer. She moved 35 times in her lifetime, in various countries and was well loved by her students. Her Poems appeared in The World Poetry Anthology and other publications.